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News Archive for August 2008

4:4:4 for all Date: 26th August, 2008

Being an Apple Solutions Expert and an early adopter of Final Cut Pro for HD broadcast work, On Sight's HD LAB was possibly the first professional facility to use Final Cut Pro as a HD editing platform.


Final Cut Studio 2 is now used for HD conforming. Due to a surge in demand for HD FCP projects, On Sight has been exploring ways in which to improve efficiency, ensuring that it can cater for the increasingly complex needs of clients.


Over a period of 18 months, On Sight conducted considerable research and development with the aim of improving uncompressed HD…

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Eagle Rock chooses the HD LAB Date: 25th August, 2008

Eagle Rock have announced a deal with On Sight's technical facility, the HD LAB, to manage and distribute it's entire programme catalogue.

Eagle Rock is one of the UK's leading distributors, specialising in the production and distribution of music and entertainment programming. On Sight's HD LAB will be providing Library management, quality assessment and technical re-versioning for the entire SD and HD catalogues.

The move by Eagle Rock will enable them to take advantage of the technical capabilities of On Sight and ensure the quality of programming being delivered to broadcasters around the world.

Claire Higgins Head of…

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Focusing on Ford Date: 22nd August, 2008

As one of the few IMAX recording facilities outside of the USA, RPS Film Imaging offers a highly specialised and unique service, capable of recording at levels up to 8K IMAX resolution.


So when the HDCAM SR tape of the latest Ford Focus commercial was sent to RPS for IMAX conversion and was found to be not up to scratch, RPS technical director Simon Burley knew he had a problem.


The copy, which featured an orchestra playing instruments constructed from Ford Focus components, was very soft and was smothered in film grain, recalls Burley, the result of a sub-standard conversion.


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Web to Blu-ray Date: 22nd August, 2008

The HD LAB's encoding operation, is an area of the business that has grown rapidly thanks to an explosion in the range of different media formats – from Standard Definition TV to HD and Blu-ray, as well as for mobile and web-based video applications.

“People come to us because encoding requires specialist equipment and the technical experience to achieve high quality results, and our SAN has capture cards which give us the capacity to do encoding with large files,” says On Sight facilities manager Tony Maher.


For Maher, finding the best encoding route for files is a…

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Virgin Galactic Date: 12th August, 2008

Getting away from it all has taken on a new meaning. Or it will in a couple of years, when Richard Branson plans to take his airlines business to the next level – offering the world’s first commercial space flights aboard his Virgin Galactic spaceline.


Future astronauts can find out more by watching a promotion film about the venture, which delves into the technology and the people behind Virgin Galactic, directed by film-maker Carl Fospero of Made in the Shade Productions.


Shot on Sony HDCAM at 50 and 60i, Fospero was granted three days' exclusive access to designer Burt…

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Finding Take That's best qualities Date: 12th August, 2008

Take That's Beautiful World Live DVD was the result of a two day shoot at the O2 Arena in Docklands, at the culmination of the group’s national tour last December.


The group wanted this DVD to look different from the pace of their last production, recalls director Matt Askew, who has worked with the band on their last two tours.


“The band didn’t want it to be a heavily cut concert – the last one was quite staccato and this time they wanted something more film-like. That was the brief – I had to translate that into something that works.”

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